A Twentynine Palms home was heavily damaged in a structure fire early Friday morning (July 30). According to reports from San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief Mike McClintock, fire crews were dispatched to the 6000 block of Mission Avenue near the intersection of Twentynine Palms Highway around 6 a.m. for a report of a structure fire near a hotel. A unit from Station 44 in Twentynine Palms was first to arrive on scene, finding a vacant single story home well involved in fire. The crew began battling the fire and, once additional firefighters arrived, crews completed a primary search of the home for any potential victims, as neighbors reported seeing people living in the home despite it being vacant. Crews stopped the fire from spreading to nearby buildings, knocking down the fire in around 20 minutes. No injuries to firefighters or citizens were reported. Fire investigators were assigned to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

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